Big 20th year celebration for Golden family

Twenty years ago on Saturday, April 27, 1996 a group of Golden family members gathered in a wilderness overtaken by weeds, trees, vines, snakes and poison ivy to unearth their ancestor Stephen Golden and Hannah Helms Golden's burial plots. The cemetery is on Golden Creek, Ky. at the Golden family’s original homelands and is the only surviving proof that they were ever here. No one named Golden even lives on the creek now. 

The six family members who attended this first gathering were: Ivadene Lee Rickets, Gene Ricketts, Darrell Jackson, Jim Jones, Charles Lee and Carol Golden. It was then they made the decision to meet every year to clean up the graveyard, paint the fence and show respect to their ancestors. 

Once again it’s time for the annual Golden family reunion! It will be held April 29-30 in Williamsburg, Ky. Below is the event schedule for the weekend: 

Friday, April 29: Family will meet at the Cumberland Inn in Williamsburg, Ky. Meeting in the Patriot and Heritage rooms from 5-9:30 p.m. The hotel has a restaurant called the Patriot Steakhouse where everyone can dine. A beverage service will be set up including coffee, tea, water and sodas. A copy machine will be available to share copies of your history with others. Bring your family history, pictures, stories and plan to have some fun! 

Saturday, April 30: Beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until the last person leaves, plan to come, (Rain or Shine), spend the day at the actual Stephen Golden first settlement site and his resting place on Golden Creek. Please arrive before noon so the prayer is not interrupted and to get a group picture. Potluck meal together noon. Be sure and bring a food dish to share and your lawn chair for this outing. Also, bring your voice and music instrument and plan to play and sing the afternoon away after we dine! Bring items to donate to the auction. The money collected at the auction and any cash donations will go towards taking care of the cost for the Friday night event, cemetery upkeep and the mailing/stamps for the newsletter. After the outing all who would like to have dinner will meet at the Patriot Steakhouse. 

Sunday, May 1: The breakfast buffet for everyone spending the night at the Cumberland Inn is from 6-10 a.m. in the Patriot Steakhouse. Anyone who is not in a hurry can stay for some genealogy and to visit area cemeteries. 

Send a note to let family know that you will be in attendance. Bring scrapbooks, family Bibles, pictures, stories and plan to share your family’s heritage with everyone.